Category Archives: motivation

A Bit of Thanks

While I am abundantly thankful for family, friends, love, my life, my health, gainful employment, health insurance, people, dogs, cats, freedom, peace, and an infinite list of other things… I think I am most thankful for the fact that I am thankful. I’m thankful that I generally find that glass ¾ of the way full [...]
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2016 Philly Marathon and Half Marathon Weekend

Congrats to all marathon, half marathon, and 8k finishers in Philly this year. I can speak from personal experience the conditions for Saturday’s 13.1 were beautiful. I had a great run with my buddy Derek as we took in the sights and sounds of Philly and crossed the finish line with a robust “high-5”! It [...]
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Big Climb Philly 2017 Registration OPEN

One of the best events I did in 2016 was the Big Climb Philly that took us up 43 floors of the Comcast Building to a breathtaking view of the Philly skyline. I will absolutely be back in 2017! Register Today for Big Climb Philly MAY 13, 2017 ONE COMMERCE SQUARE 2005 Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19103 CLICK HERE TO [...]
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Philly Marathon Set to Kick Off

Race Weekend Schedule Don’t miss a thing! The Philadelphia Marathon Race Weekend is full of events for the whole family. Friday, November 18 Health & Fitness Expo Noon – 9 p.m. Pennsylvania Convention Center, Hall F 12th & Arch Streets Saturday, November 19 Half Marathon 7:25 a.m. – Wheelchairs and Handcycles 7:30 a.m. – Runners 22nd & Benjamin Franklin Parkway Rothman Institute 8K 10:40 a.m. – Wheelchairs and [...]
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Which Way is Life Podcast Interview

Back in September I did an interview for the RadioMD podcast “Which Way is Life?”. You can check it out here. Realize though that when we did this in September I was still undergoing treatment. As we all now know; I am FREE and CLEAR of disease and treatments are all DONE. Which Way is Life Which [...]
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It’s a Feeling

When you live with a chronic disease like leukemia you have very heightened intuition. You develop a honed sense of self and learn how to analyze and differentiate between the little systemic bugs, chinks, and cliches that “normal” people face, and those that may be disease related. That skill becomes more advanced the longer you [...]
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2016 Chemo Round 4

I’m going to keep this update short and sweet because quite honestly, that’s how this round of treatment felt. Short, and sweet. Monday started with a checkup with my doc which went really well. My white count was a little low but that is to be expected at this stage of treatment. Given my incredible [...]
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Lake Placid Revisited (Take IV)

I’ve toed the line of 15 iron distance triathlons and crossed the finish line of 12 of them. While DNFs are always disappointing and humbling, there is usually some kind of take away or life lesson to be found once the emotional and/or physical bruises heal. I’ve successfully raced Ironman Lake Placid 3 times; in 2002, [...]
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Take THAT

Today’s edition of “how to beat up cancer” using visualization and mental imagery goes like this. On my midday run today, I envisioned taking my leukemia out for a run on a leash. We start out stride by stride but the leukemia soon trails a little behind me, then a little more. It starts to [...]
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2016 Chemo Round 3

For those of you keeping score at home…round 3 of chemo concluded today without any issues. My blood counts were good and I continue to both respond and tolerate treatment pretty well.  I haven’t slept yet since yesterday due to the beauty and curse of my favorite (said nobody ever) steroid decadron but sleeping is [...]
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